NG 900/9-3 Service Schedules

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Overview

Saabs have become famous for their ability to reach very high mileages and still be running strong. The NG900 is no exception to this but one of the key factors is regular servicing.

The costs incurred by having this done at a Saab dealership can be quite shocking. However, if you are prepared and able to do the work yourself, or you know of a good independent that can carry out the work for you, then you can save quite a bit of money without compromising the life span of your Saab.

The following pages list the work that is required in the service specifications from Saab for each service interval. I strongly suggest that you use either genuine Saab parts, or quality OEM or after market parts, rather than the cheapest that you can find. This especially applies to lubricants which are very important for turbocharged cars.

Schedules

There are different servicing schedules depending on where you live in the world and these are broken down into three main areas.

EU - The European Union

FE/ME - The Far East and the Middle East

PA - The Pacific Area

US - United States

If you do not live in one of these areas, choose the one that has a similar climate/conditions to the place you live.

US - United State

The US service schedule can be downloaded in .pdf form from: http://www.saabwiki.info/Files/us_service_schedule.pdf

EU - European Union

In the EU the service intervals are specified as at 10,000 km (6,000 miles) and every 20,000 km (12,000 miles) thereafter. The links below will take you to a list of the items to be checked/replaced for each kilometer/mileage interval.

Please note that certain checks/replacements are based on time and mileage. So, if the time limit is reached before the distance interval has been traveled they have to be done. They are.

Every 2 years (or 40,000 km/ 24,000 miles)

Manual gearbox oil level - Check/adjust

Brake Fluid - Replace

Every 3 years (or 80,000 km/48,000 miles)

Coolant - Replace

10,000 km /6,000 miles===

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  6. Front and rear suspension threaded joints: retighten
  7. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  8. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  9. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  10. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  11. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  12. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  13. Wipers. Check/adjust
  14. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  15. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  16. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  17. Toe-in. Check/adjust
  18. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  19. Road test

30,000 km/18,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Manual gearbox: oil level. Check/adjust
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  8. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  9. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  10. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  11. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  12. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  13. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  14. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  15. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  16. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  19. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  20. Wipers. Check/adjust
  21. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  22. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  23. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  24. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  25. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  26. Road test

50,000 km/30,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  7. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  8. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  9. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  10. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  11. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  12. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  13. Brake fluid: level (change at max. 2-years intervals). Replace
  14. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  15. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  16. Spark plugs, unleaded petrol. Replace
  17. Air cleaner filter element. Replace
  18. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  19. Camshaft drive, timing belt (B258 - M1994-1996). Replace
  20. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  21. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  22. Wipers. Check/adjust
  23. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  24. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  25. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  26. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  27. Toe-in. Check/adjust
  28. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  29. Road test

70,000 km/42,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Manual gearbox: oil level. Check/adjust
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  8. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  9. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  10. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  11. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  12. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  13. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  14. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  15. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  16. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  19. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  20. Wipers. Check/adjust
  21. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  22. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  23. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  24. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  25. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  26. Road test

90,000 km/54,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  7. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  8. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  9. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  10. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  11. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  12. Coolant (max. 3-year intervals). Replace
  13. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  14. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  15. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  16. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  18. Camshaft drive, timing belt (B258 - M1997). Replace
  19. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  20. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  21. Wipers. Check/adjust
  22. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  23. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  24. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  25. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  26. Toe-in. Check/adjust
  27. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  28. Road test

110,000 km/66,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Automatic transmission: fluid. Replace
  6. Manual gearbox: oil level. Check/adjust
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  8. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  9. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  10. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  11. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  12. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  13. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  14. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  15. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  16. Brake fluid: level (change at max. 2-years intervals). Replace
  17. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Spark plugs, unleaded petrol. Replace
  19. Air cleaner filter element. Replace
  20. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  21. Camshaft drive, timing belt (B258 - M1994-1996). Replace
  22. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  23. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  24. Wipers. Check/adjust
  25. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  26. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  27. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  28. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  29. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  30. Road test

130,000 km/78,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  7. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  8. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  9. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  10. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  11. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  12. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  13. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  14. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  15. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  16. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  18. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  19. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  20. Wipers. Check/adjust
  21. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  22. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  23. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  24. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  25. Toe-in. Check/adjust
  26. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  27. Road test

150,000 km/90,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Manual gearbox: oil level. Check/adjust
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  8. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  9. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  10. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  11. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  12. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  13. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  14. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  15. Brake fluid: level (change at max. 2-years intervals). Replace
  16. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  19. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  20. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  21. Wipers. Check/adjust
  22. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  23. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  24. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  25. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  26. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  27. Road test

170,000 km/102,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Fuel filter. Replace
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  8. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  9. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  10. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  11. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  12. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  13. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  14. Coolant (max. 3-year intervals). Replace
  15. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  16. Brake fluid: level. Check/adjust
  17. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  19. Spark plugs, unleaded petrol. Replace
  20. Air cleaner filter element. Replace
  21. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  22. Camshaft drive, timing belt (B258 - M1994-1996). Replace
  23. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  24. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  25. Wipers. Check/adjust
  26. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  27. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  28. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  29. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  30. Toe-in. Check/adjust
  31. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  32. Road test

190,000 km/114,000 miles

  1. Lighting (headlamps, light clusters, other lights), alignment. Check/adjust
  2. Zeroize the service indicator.
  3. Oil leakage, top/bottom. Check/adjust
  4. Engine: oil and oil filter. Replace
  5. Manual gearbox: oil level. Check/adjust
  6. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  7. Brake system: pads and handbrake. Check/adjust
  8. Dampers and bushes: integrity and condition. Check/adjust
  9. Gaiters, inner and outer drive-shaft universal joints. Check/adjust
  10. Exhaust system and mountings: integrity and damage. Check/adjust
  11. Play in steering joints and ball joints, gaiter integrity. Check/adjust
  12. Tyres: inflation pressures, condition, tread depth and wear pattern (incl. spare wheel). Check/adjust
  13. Fuel system, incl. tank: leaks and damage. Check/adjust
  14. Cooling system: condition of hoses, check coolant level and freezing point. Check/adjust
  15. Brake fluid: level (change at max. 2-years intervals). Replace
  16. Automatic transmission: fluid level. Check/adjust
  17. Power steering: fluid level. Check/adjust
  18. Drive belt, condition, tension, incl. automatic tensioner. Check/adjust, replace as necessary
  19. Camshaft drive, timing belt (B258 MY1997). Replace
  20. Battery: check electrolyte level, inspect negative ground cable and positive cable to starter motor, clean and grease terminals and mounting bracket
  21. Washer system: check and top up as necessary
  22. Wipers. Check/adjust
  23. Ventilation air filter. Replace
  24. Doors, bonnet, tailgate, etc. and door keeps. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  25. Tailgate hinges. Check/adjust/clean/lubricate
  26. Seat belts: operation and strap damage. Check/adjust
  27. Airbag system: visual inspection of airbag module/modules
  28. Road test

Mileage over 190,000 km/114,000 miles

Perform the 30,000 km/18,000 miles service, change the plugs, air filter and take into account the time and mileage specific procedures listed above.

The automatic transmission fluid should also be changed every 110,000 km/66,000 miles and the fuel filter at 170,000 km/102,000 mile intervals.